World champion boxer Sam Soliman will visit the Border this weekend as part of a Remembrance Day event.
The decorated Australian fighter will stage seminars at Albury’s Border Boxing Club and Wodonga gym Boss Boxing on Sunday.
Border Boxing Club owner Matthew Friswell is delighted to reunite with Soliman who trained him when he first turned pro in kickboxing, before he joined the army.
“It was a bit of a treat having someone like Sam, he was a bit of a hero of mine,” Friswell said.
“He’s a legitimate world champion, but he won his world title when he was over 40.
“He’s the only Australian to have done that and internationally there’s only Bernard Hopkins and George Foreman, so he’s pretty unique in that regard.
“He’s boxed more professional boxing rounds than any other fighter and he’s pretty much fought the who’s who of boxing for the last 20 years.
“I’m pretty lucky my position in the army had me travel all over Australia and I’ve met some amazing people in the boxing industry who are more than happy to come and help me.
“I had a chat to him on Facebook and told him what were doing at the club and he couldn’t wait to come up and help us out.”
Soliman will host his first seminar at Border Boxing Club at 8am, followed by a community barbecue from 10am.
Boxing enthusiasts will have the chance to meet Soliman, with jumping castles to entertain the kids, as well as a number of other stalls, giveaways and raffles all set to raise money for Legacy on the day.
He will then head to Wodonga’s Boss Boxing at 3pm for an afternoon seminar.
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